Looking for Alaska

Dallas’ Pick: Looking for Alaska By: John Green  John Green has come out with another book that grabs our emotions and ties them in knots.  This book was actually published in 2005, seven years before The Fault in our Stars. Nobody had really heard of John Green as an author so it was not as…

milk and honey

Kathryn’s Pick: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur This nontraditional take on poetic literature allows the reader to witness the journey of survival though minimalist poetry and art. Kaur creates poems with eloquently flowing line breaks while also captivating her audience in all of the ways traditional poetry would. This collection of poems is separated into…

I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor 1941

Dallas’ Pick: I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor 1941 By: Lauren Tarshis (Juvenile) This is actually a book in a complete series known as the “I Survived “series. All of the books are fiction but they are all based on true historical events and places. The great thing about this series is there is…

The Scribe of Siena

Sara’s Pick: The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer When Beatrice Trovato, a neurosurgeon in New York, has to go to Siena, Italy to deal with the estate of her historian brother who has been writing about the city during the time of the Plague, she finds her face in the paintings of an artist…

Murder on the Orient Express

Cori’s Pick: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie I have a confession.  This is the first Agatha Christie book I have ever read…in  my life.  She is the best-selling novelist in history, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.  She is the ‘Queen of Crime’.  Needless to say, this was a long-overdue read. …

The Question of the Missing Head

Sara’s Pick: The Question of the Missing Head by E. J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen Who stole a frozen head from the cryogenics institute? Samuel Hoenig is glad you asked. He answers questions for a living, his Asperger’s syndrome enabling him to take a unique look at other’s problems (as long as they are presented…

American Gods

Jane’s Pick: American Gods by Neil Gaiman Although, Gaiman’s writing had me from page one – it was the unexpected unfolding of this peculiar tale that had me going back and back again. The basic premise is that a war is coming; a war between the mythologies of old and their modern replacements. The book…

A Robot in the Garden

Sara’s Pick: A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install This is a delightful story of a man (Ben) who finds a broken robot (Tang) in his garden and sets out on a mission to find someone who can fix him. Ben’s life is falling apart and he decides to do something worthwhile by helping…

Penguin Problems

Dallas’ Pick: Penguin Problems by: Jory John Oh my goodness, this is probably the funniest children’s book I have ever read! The title is what made me pick up this book to begin with; it is just fun to say. As I began to read it and learn about this penguin that has such a…

Make Your Bed

Cori’s Pick: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven In May 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven gave the commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin.  In that speech, he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy SEAL training.  In this quick, 125 page book McRaven shares with…

Throne of Glass

Dallas’ Pick: Throne of Glass by: Sarah J Maas This book was chosen by our Teen Book club to read, I personally had never heard of it before then. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it though. If you like Young Adult books with dark story lines I highly recommend this…

Welcome to Night Vale (A Novel)

Hannah’s Pick: Welcome to Night Vale (A Novel) by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor Welcome to Night Vale (A Novel) covers the strange, strange, strange happenings and goings on in the town of Night Vale. Imagine if you will a town in the middle of a desert with all of the oddities of every Twilight Zone…